Nissan will sell 3.7 million electric cars in 2016 as the automaker expands its business to include plug-in vehicles, CEO Carlos Ghosn said Thursday.
“The number of electric vehicles sold by Nissan in 2016 is higher than in any year prior to 2017,” Ghosne said in a statement.
“That is thanks to a large volume of electric cars that we sold in 2016 and 2017.
This year, we are able to provide customers with an even greater range of electric mobility options.”
Nissan’s sales of electric and hybrid vehicles in 2016 are up from the previous year, Ghosni said.
The automaker also said it sold 1.7 percent more electric vehicles than it did in 2015.
The company’s sales and profits rose by about 9 percent to $1.6 billion in 2016.
In 2017, Nissan plans to sell 500,000 plug-ins, including Nissan Leaf, in the U.S. and Canada, with a goal of 1 million by 2021.
“We have a large range of products for consumers, and we’re proud to have the best electric vehicle brands in the world at our fingertips,” Ghoshne said.
“They’re our most valuable assets.
We have the most important brand brands in America, the biggest global brands in Asia, and the most trusted brands in Europe and the rest of the world.”
The company will be selling electric cars from 2019 through 2021 in a variety of vehicles and in an assortment of models.
“It is not only about electrifying cars,” Ghossne said at the company’s quarterly investor conference.
“Today, we have to focus on our customers and on their mobility needs.
And we’ve got to be ready to meet the challenges that they’re facing in this rapidly changing environment.”
Nissan said it expects to continue expanding its electric vehicle program and that its business could continue to grow as it expands its electric fleet.
The U.K. manufacturer expects sales of its electric vehicles in 2020 to exceed that of its gasoline-powered models.